Happy New Year and Happy Resumption!
As we all resume our various work, it is important we have good relationships with our bosses. Below are some tips on managing up;
Step 1: Understand Yourself
You have to identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Set career objectives and paste them somewhere within your line of vision in your workstation. Understand you pressure points, blind spots, work style, motives, and agenda.
Step 2: Understand Your Boss
Similarly, you have to identify your boss’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Understand his/her career objectives and pressure points, blind spots, working style, motives, agenda, and limitations.
Step 3: Recognise Your Boss’ Biggest Strengths
After you have understood the parameters above about your boss, you have to intentionally discover your boss’ biggest strengths and build on those strengths and cover the limitations. Don’t attempt to change his/her preferences and agenda to suit yours, instead, find ways to align them.
Step 4: Focus on the Highest Value
Carefully seek out those activities that deliver the highest results and carry them out diligently. Find the solutions that work best and maximise them.
Step 5: Build a Professional Relationship
You cannot enjoy your work if you are at loggerheads with your boss. Make the effort to ensure there is a smooth professional relationship
Step 6: Communicate on Career Progression
Don’t be afraid to discuss your career growth and progression with your boss. As you develop yourself, improve your work, and expand your capacity, be bold in requesting a promotion. However, first understand your company’s organisational structure and process.
Step 7: Practice calmness and patience when relating with your boss and focus on the job. Build your emotional resilience to become emotionally intelligent.
Step 8: Avoid the style of playing the ‘Blame Game.’ Become accountable and do the needful without making excuses to your boss.
Step 9: Set up healthy boundaries for your off days and after-work periods. Although in the work environment, the individual may be your boss, outside of the work environment, there is still a need for a clear understanding of your relationship.
Step 10: Make your boss look good. Give them the credit they deserve, cover their gaps, don’t prey on their weaknesses, and exploit their blind spots.
Step 11: Be a consistently positive force when relating with your boss. In all situations, endeavour to think, speak, and act with positivity. Stop complaining about everything and think forward.
Have a Productive Day.